Our Brain Tumor Team

The Neurology and Neurosurgery team at Henry Ford Hospital was recently nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report on its 2019-20 Best Hospitals list.

The specialists at the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center have served as leaders in brain tumor research and treatment in Michigan for the past 20 years. They have also helped place us among the top brain tumor centers in the country.

Our team of brain tumor specialists provides access to dozens of clinical trials, some not available anywhere else in Michigan. These trials cover primary, recurrent and metastatic brain tumors. Our brain tumor surgeons use the latest diagnostic and imaging tools for safer brain tumor surgery while ensuring better outcomes for our patients.

Learn more about our brain tumor treatments.

Meet with the Henry Ford Hermelin Brain Tumor Center team

Our brain tumor center team offers guaranteed appointments within 24 business hours with a neurosurgeon or neuro-oncologist. Within the same week, a comprehensive treatment plan is designed and tailored to the needs of the patient and family. Immediate access is provided for brain tumor patients at any point during their care.

Hermelin Brain Tumor Center Leadership

Steven Kalkanis

Steven Kalkanis, M.D.
Medical director, Henry Ford Cancer Institute; Chair, Henry Ford Department of Neurosurgery; and Director, Henry Ford Neuroscience Institute.

Ian Lee

Ian Lee, M.D.
Neurosurgery

Tobias Walbert

Tobias Walbert, M.D., PhD, MPH
Neuro Oncology

Brain Tumor surgery

Ian Lee

Ian Lee, M.D.
Dr. Lee is the Co-Director of the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center, as part of the Henry Ford Cancer Institute. He is a neurosurgeon specializing in brain tumor surgery. He received his medical degree at Wayne State University and completed fellowship training in Neuro-Oncology at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


Ellen Air

Ellen Air, M.D.
Dr. Air is a neurosurgeon at Henry Ford specializing in Epilepsy, movement disorders, and brain tumors. She received her medical degree and additional training from University of Cincinnati. She completed fellowship training in Movement Disorders at San Francisco VA Medical Center in California.


Steven Kalkanis

Steven Kalkanis, M.D.
Dr. Kalkanis is the medical director of the Henry Ford Cancer Institute, Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, and Co-Director of the Henry Ford Neuroscience Institute. As a nationally recognized neurosurgeon specializing in brain tumor surgery, Dr. Kalkanis has been involved in numerous clinical trials for brain tumors. He received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his residency in Neurological Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.


Asim Mahmood

Asim Mahmood, M.D.
Dr. Mahmood is a neurosurgeon at Henry Ford specializing in brain tumor surgery, skull-base tumors, spine surgery and is currently the Director of Neuro-Trauma. He received his medical degree from King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan. He completed fellowship training in skull base surgery at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio and completed an additional fellowship in Neuro-Oncology at Henry Ford Hospital.


Adam Robin

Adam Robin, M.D.
Dr. Robin is a neurosurgeon at the Henry Ford Hermelin Brain Tumor Center specializing in brain tumors, skull-base tumors and spinal tumors. He received his medical degree at Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed his fellowship training in Neurosurgical Oncology at memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.


Jack Rock

Jack Rock, M.D.
Dr. Rock is a neurosurgeon at the Henry Ford Hermelin Brain Tumor Center specializing in pituitary disorders/surgery, skull base surgery and brain tumors. Dr. Rock received his medical degree from the University of Miami, Florida. He completed fellowship training in Surgical Neurology at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and also completed fellowship training in Neuro-trauma at the University of Maryland.


Jason Schwalb

Jason Schwalb, M.D.
Dr. Schwalb is a neurosurgeon at Henry Ford specializing in deep brain stimulation, trigeminal neuralgia, epilepsy surgery, peripheral nerve surgery and brain, spine and peripheral nerve tumors. He received his medical degree from Yale University. He completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania and fellowship training in Stereotactic and Functional neurosurgery at the University of Toronto.

Neuro-oncology

Tobias Walbert

Tobias Walbert, M.D., PhD, MPH
Dr. Walbert is the Co-Director of the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center, as part of the Henry Ford Cancer Institute. He is a board certified Neuro-Oncologist specializing in Precision Medicine and the treatment of brain tumors and neurofibromatosis. He is board certified in neurology and palliative care medicine. He completed his residency at Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH and fellowship training in Neuro-Oncology at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has served as principle investigator of multiple clinical trials and is internationally known in the field of neuro-palliative care.


Tom Mikkelsen

Tom Mikkelsen, M.D.
Dr. Mikkelsen is a Neuro-Oncologist specializing in Precision Medicine and clinical trials in the treatment of brain tumors. He completed post-doctoral training in tumor and molecular biology at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in Montreal and then in La Jolla, California. Since 1992, he has been part of the brain tumor program at Henry Ford Hospital, responsible for founding the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center and building the clinical trials program and laboratory of tumor biology.


James Snyder

James Snyder, D.O.
Dr. Snyder is a Neuro-Oncologist specializing in Precision Medicine and clinical trials in the treatment of brain tumors. He completed fellowship training in Neuro-Oncology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He is board certified in neurology.

Radiation Oncology

Salim Siddiqui

Salim Siddiqui, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Siddiqui is a radiation oncologist at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute. He specializes in the care of patients with brain tumors. He completed post-graduate training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.


Mira Shah

Mira Shah, M.D.
Dr. Shah is a radiation oncologist at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute. She specializes in the care of patients with brain tumors and Leukemia. She completed post-graduate training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Medical oncology

Haythem Ali

Haythem Ali, M.D.
Dr. Ali is a medical oncologist at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute. He specializes in the care of several cancers, including brain tumors. He completed fellowship training in Oncology at the University of Michigan.


Vrushali Dabak

Vrushali Dabak, M.D.
Dr. Dabak is a medical oncologist at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute. She specializes in the care of several cancers, including brain tumors. She completed fellowship training in Oncology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.


Vijayalakshmi Donthireddy

Vijayalakshmi Donthireddy, M.D.
Dr. Donthireddy is a medical oncologist at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute. She specializes in the care of several cancers, including brain tumors, leukemia, lymphoma and Myeloma. She completed fellowship training in Oncology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.


Ahmad Mattour

Ahmad Mattour, M.D.
Dr. Mattour is a medical oncologist at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute. He specializes in the care of brain tumors. He completed fellowship training in Hematology/Oncology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.


Ding Wang

Ding Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Wang is the Medical Director of the clinical trials office and a medical oncologist at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute. He completed fellowship training in Hematology/Oncology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Nurse navigators

Francine Weidendorf

Francine Weidendorf, RN
Francine Weidendorf is a neuro-oncology nurse navigator for the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center as part of Henry Ford Cancer Institute. She assists patients and their families from the time of diagnosis through surveillance and survivorship.


Supportive oncology

Amy Carion

Amy Carion, RDN
Amy Carion is a registered dietitian who leads nutrition services and counseling for patients with brain cancer.


Nestelynn Gay

Nestelynn Gay
Nestelynn Gay is a Patient Resource Coordinator for the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center. She is available to assist you with any needs that may create a potential barrier in your care at Henry Ford Health System. She can assist with transportation needs, financial resources, disability paperwork and supportive services related to our support group.


Michael Ryan, PsyD

Michael Ryan, PsyD
Dr. Ryan is a Health Psychologist and Clinical Director of Supportive Oncology Services at the Henry Ford Cancer Institute. She specializes in the supportive care of cancer patients on their journey, from diagnosis through survivorship.


Lisa Scarpace

Lisa Scarpace 
Lisa Scarpace is the Program Manager of the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center. She assists in various capacities in Neurosurgery, NeuroOncology and Radiology. She specializes in advance technologies used in the treatment of brain tumors.

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